Abit AX8 and Ubuntu - is it a no-go?

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I've been toying with the idea of installing Ubuntu on my PC, and downloaded a CD image. I booted from it and had a play around, and quite liked it - but it can't detect my hard drives, which I assume is because it has no built-in support for the onboard SATA controller. I've looked for drivers, but after fairly extensive searching I can't find any. The closest I can find is this, which says it is compatible with RedHat 9.0, Fedora Core 1, SuSe 8.2, Mandrake 9.1, Mandrake 9.2 and RedFlag 4.0.

So in essence, am I screwed? If I want to run Ubuntu, or say, Fedora Core 6, do I need to change my motherboard (and CPU and memory while I'm at it)? Or am I just pants at searching? :)
 

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No your not, that is a source driver so "should" work for all distributions provided you can build it correctly. However im a little surprised that Ubuntu does not detect your hard disks... Via is quite a common chipset so I doubt that's the problem. Can you post up the output from dmesg to somewhere?
 
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Sorry, I'm way too new at this to know what dmesg is... can you explain that one please?

I'm gonna try the installation in a few days when my new HDD arrives and see what happens. I'll post any errors/problems and who knows - I could end up looking very silly when it all goes smoothly...!! :)
 
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Thanks - turns out it does detect my disks, without additional drivers being required. The relevant output in dmesg was:

[17179572.972000] Vendor: ATA Model: Maxtor 6B300S0 Rev: BANC
[17179572.972000] Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 05

and similarly for the other disks.

So it seems my problem is in fact simple stupidity, and I didn't realise there were additional steps to take before Ubuntu would display my Windows volumes in the File Browser. If you fancy helping me on that one that'd be fantastic, otherwise I'll get Googling and try to find it out for myself. :)

Thanks very much for your help and understanding.
 
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Google fstab - this is the file systems table.

The fstab file typically lists all used disks and disk partitions, and indicates how they are to be used or otherwise integrated into the overall system's file system.
 

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